The Role Of Social Work

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The National Association of social workers (2008) defines the unifying primary mission or purpose of social work as “enhancing human well-being and helping meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” (Dubois & Miley, 2014).
The mission of social work through my eyes is to ensure a better quality of life for those in need. The purpose of social work is to enhance social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Link client systems with needed resources, improve the operation of the social service delivery network, and promote social justice through development of social policy (Dubois & Miley,
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Of all the social sciences and helping profession, what sets social work apart is the mission to serve marginalized, historically underrepresented, and disenfranchised populations (Lum, 2011; Morales & Sheafor, 2004; National Association of Social Workers [NASW]. The social work profession and particularly social workers have to keep an eye on the voices of oppressed in our society, take an active stand against inequities, injustice, and make a commitment to changing the lives of individuals as well as institutions and society (CSWE, 2015).
Policy implications are evident in professional practice at all social system levels. Systematically, decisions are made that affect empowerment in both the subsystem structures and the suprasystem structures. This reciprocity means that social workers influence welfare policies and, in turn, public social policies influence social workers’ practice of their profession (Dubois & Miley, 2014).
Social workers and human rights workers have very close worlds. Social workers help people realize their rights everyday and help communities and neighborhoods collect their rights. Social work is a profession that is built on, according to the AASW’s Code of Ethics: the pursuit and maintenance of human well-being. Social work aims to
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